NEWS FROM ISRAEL
Iranian youths praise Khamenei, singing about Israel’s end
February 4, 2020 — The Jerusalem Post reports: “Last month, on January 23, Iranian youths were filmed singing to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during its speech, Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) reported.
The youths began by praising Iran, saying that the country ‘has men that are second to none. Its honor and enthusiasm are unwavering. [Iran] has students who follow this path. It has the scream of ‘Death to America!’‘
‘Even if this country sinks in sanctions for 100 years, we will continue to be at war with the enemy. There will be no compromise and no surrender.’
‘America is waning,’ The youths also slammed the United States and Israel, adding that ‘Israel is facing its end. Well done, Gaza and Lebanon. A generation of heroes is joining the fray.’…” (This will never happen. Almighty God has stated: “…I will give them [Israel] an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off” – Isaiah 56:5. Everlasting means everlasting. God promised to Abraham in Genesis 22:17: “…in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the starts of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore…” “And because he loved thy fathers, therefore he chose their seed after them, and brought thee out in his sight with his mighty power out of Egypt; To drive out nations from before thee greater and mightier than thou art, to bring thee in, to give thee their land for an inheritance, as it is this day. Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the Lord he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else. Thou shalt keep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the Lord thy God giveth thee, for ever” – Deuteronomy 4:37 – 40. See the next report.)
Iranian Armed Forces spokesman: Zionist state will disappear from earth
February 11, 2020 — The Jerusalem Post reports: “Israel will soon disappear from the Middle East, a brigadier general in the public relations sector of Iran’s army said on Tuesday. He was speaking to armed forces veterans in Zarandieh in Iran.
Commemorating fighters from various units and the Basij on the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution he spoke with passion about how Iran’s ‘resistance’ was confronting the US and Israel.
He discussed the missile attack by Iran on Ayn al-Assad base in Iraq, where up to 100 US soldiers have now suffered from traumatic brain injuries. He said it represented that abilities of Iran to defeat enemies.
He reminded those present of the ‘resistance forces, including Hezbollah, Kataib Hezbollah in Iraq, Hamas and others.’ In his estimation the ‘Zionist regime’ will soon ‘disappear.’
Other spokesmen for the armed forces said that ‘today we are in a state of war with the enemy, and we must have smart choices for those running the parliament and send people to parliament who are willing to be martyrs.’ Elections are on February 21…”
Top Iranian official: We’re looking for a pretext to raze Tel Aviv to the ground
February 11, 2020 — The Times of Israel reports: “A former leader of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards has warned that Iran is just looking for an excuse to attack Israel and ‘raze Tel Aviv to the ground,’ blaming Israel for allegedly helping the US kill top commander Qassem Soleimani.
Speaking to Lebanon’s Hezbollah-affiliated al-Mayadeen TV station on Saturday, Mohsen Rezaei was asked if Iran would carry out its previous threats to attack Israel in the event of a war with the US.
‘You should have no doubt about this. We would raze Tel Aviv to the ground for sure. We have been looking for such a pretext,’ Rezaei said in remarks translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) and released Monday.
Rezaei, the secretary of Iran’s powerful Expediency Council, is considered a top politician and an adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
‘If they (the US) do something, we can use it as a pretext to attack Israel, because Israel played a role in the martyrdom of General Soleimani,’ he said, blaming Israel for tipping off the Americans to Soleimani’s location.
‘We were waiting for the Americans to give us a pretext to strike Tel Aviv, just like we attacked Ayn Al-Assad,’ he said referring to the US military base in Iraq, which Iran hit with several missiles in response to Soleimani’s killing…” (“Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.” – Psalm 2:1-12. See the next two reports.)
Hamas official calls for ‘intifada’ against Israel
February 20, 2020 — Israel National News reports: “Khalil al-Hayya, a member of the Hamas political bureau and one of the organization’s senior leaders in the Gaza Strip, is calling for a national action plan to combat the so-called ‘Deal of the Century’.
Speaking at a conference in Gaza, al-Hayya said that the plan to fight the proposal should be based primarily on stopping the security coordination with Israel and canceling the Oslo Accords.
He stressed the importance of convening the PLO leadership to discuss the fight against the ‘Deal of the Century’.
‘If there is no dialogue, there will be no escape from the establishment of a new representative body with wide national participation, with the participation of Hamas, which will pave the way to ‘solving the Palestinian issue,’’ he said…”
Bennett: ‘The nation of Israel is here to stay, we’ll be here when Hezbollah is gone’
February 19, 2020 — Israel National News reports: “Israel’s Defense Minister Naftali Bennett (Yamina) on Sunday visited Jerusalem’s Midreshet Lindenbaum, part of the Ohr Torah Stone network.
Speaking at the seminary, Bennett highlighted the importance of Diaspora Jewry saying, ‘I very much hope that the foreign students here will choose to make aliyah in the years ahead together with their families. There are 14 million Jews in the world and we have to do everything possible to ensure they aren’t forgotten.’
In his remarks to the several hundred young women studying at the seminary coming amidst a recent uptick in rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, Bennett said that 70 percent of the of the security challenges facing Israel are linked to Iran but stressed that Israel was prepared for all types of threats.
‘They are striving to destroy our way of life and tire us out. But what they fail to understand is our spirit of survival and that the nation of Israel is here to stay. We were here thousands of years before [Hezbollah leader Hassan] Nasrallah and we’ll be here for thousands of years after him.’…”
‘If rockets do not stop we will launch major campaign’
February 25, 2020 — Israel National News reports: “Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu held a security consultation Monday afternoon with the heads of the Shin Bet and the National Security Council at a secure facility in central Israel in response to the continuing rocket fire from Gaza.
Defense Minister Naftali Bennett and IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi also participated in the meeting through a conference call from the Kirya in Tel Aviv.
During the meeting, the prime minister directed that the military response to the rocket fire in Gaza continue.
Several red alert sirens have been activated in southern Israel over the last hour, including near Ashkelon. No casualties have been reported so far.
Earlier, Netanyahu toured the city of Ariel, saying: ‘We attacked both Gaza and Syria last night. I do not intend to let go of this. If they do not stop the fire completely, and I do not mean a day, two days, but at all, if there is no complete break – we will have to initiate the broad and powerful campaign we have prepared.’
‘These are not mere words. There are new, surprising things about them that were neither in Cast Lead, nor in the Pillar of Defense nor in Protective Edge, and everyone in the Cabinet knows exactly what we are talking about. The campaign, which could become a war, is a last resort…” (They may threaten Israel, but Psalm 121 states: “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.” Notice especially verse 4 – “Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.” During his confrontation with the prophets of Baal, Elijah mocked the prophets after they were unable to get a response from Baal. I Kings 18:27 states: “And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.” God does not sleep, and He will preserve Israel. See the next report.)
‘Israeli missile is only guarantee of survival from potential Iran nukes’
February 19, 2020 — The Jerusalem Post reports: “In the face of a potential Iranian nuclear weapon, ‘only the Arrow missile-defense system guarantees Israeli survival,’ Dov Raviv, former head of the Arrow project at Israel Aircraft Industries, said Tuesday.
‘We cannot dismiss a leader of a country who says it will destroy Israel… Iran has said this explicitly,’ he said at a conference of the Association for Israeli Military History on the occasion of the publication of a new book by another stalwart of Israel missile defense, Uzi Rubin.
While Israel has many military and diplomatic tools to try to stop Iran’s drive to obtain a nuclear weapon, if it does not succeed, missile defense will be its last line of defense, Raviv said.
Earlier at the conference, former IDF missile-defense commander Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Eitan Yariv said: ‘Some of the authority judging whether we can use our offense [capabilities against adversaries] is sitting in Washington, DC, and some in Moscow.’
He was referring to the fact that Israel often restrains itself from using military force in Syria, Iraq or other countries based on the wishes of the US and Russia…”
PA cabinet leader: Europe should recognize ‘Palestine’
February 20, 2020 — Israel National News reports: “Palestinian Authority (PA) cabinet leader Mohammad Shtayyeh met on Wednesday with the new European Union representative to the Palestinian territories, Sven Kuhn von Burgsdorff, and again called on Europe to recognize ‘Palestine’.
Shtayyeh also called on the European Union to fill the void resulting from the failure of the so-called ‘Deal of the Century’, which sided completely with Israel, reported the official PA news agency Wafa.
Shtayyeh congratulated Burgsdorff on his new position, and wished him success in his duties in developing relations between Europe and the PA, stressing that Europe has always been important to ‘Palestine’ at the political and developmental levels.
Earlier this week, Shtayyeh called on Spain to recognize the ‘State of Palestine’ and to lead a political move in Europe that will bring about support for Palestinian independence and sovereignty and the two-state solution…” (Genesis 15:18 states: “In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates” and in Joshua 1:4 we read: “From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast.” These verses encompass all of the land modern Israel currently possesses, plus all of the land of the Palestinians (the West Bank and Gaza), plus some of Egypt and Syria, plus all of Jordan, plus some of Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Israel currently possesses only a fraction of the land God has promised. See the next report.)
European Union won’t recognize Israeli sovereignty over ‘territories occupied since 1967’
February 5, 2020 — Israel National News reports: “The European Union (EU) will not support implementation of US President Donald Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ peace plan, EU High Representative and Vice-President Josep Borrell said in a Tuesday statement.
In the statement, Borrell said: ‘The European Union is fully committed to the transatlantic partnership and values all efforts to help find a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The EU recalls its commitment to a negotiated two-State solution, based on 1967 lines, with equivalent land swaps, as may be agreed between the parties, with the State of Israel and an independent, democratic, contiguous, sovereign and viable State of Palestine, living side by side in peace, security and mutual recognition – as set out in the Council Conclusions of July 2014.’
‘The US initiative, as presented on 28 January, departs from these internationally agreed parameters.’
In his statement Borrell also criticized the deal’s suggestions on the issues of borders, Jerusalem, and its management of the ‘refugee question.’…”